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Our departments offer a home and area of focus for students. They provide diverse learning, research and service opportunities across the field of public health.


Faculty members in the department develop new statistical methodology and provide the quantitative component to public health and biomedical research efforts. As biostatisticians, the faculty create, evaluate, and apply methods for quantitative research in the health sciences. The design, development and application of analytic methods enable health scientists and professionals in academia, government, and pharmaceutical companies to construct knowledge and draw valid conclusions from their data.

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Epidemiology is the study of disease or health condition occurrence, etiology, pathology, and nosology across populations. Epidemiological methods and data are employed to design interventions, assess efficacy, and measure outcomes. Akin to clinical findings and pathology, an epidemiologic understanding of health conditions is a crucial baseline component for mitigating negative health outcomes and increasing recovery.

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Health Policy, Management & Leadership

Through dedication to excellence in education, research, and service, the WVU SPH Department of Health Policy, Management & Leadership will serve as a catalyst to transform population health in West Virginia and beyond through the development, dissemination, and application of the most effective policies and leadership practices.

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Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences

Environmental and Occupational Health touches everyone, everywhere. In both developed and developing nations, issues of environmental pollution arise from indoor air quality concerns, water quality, outdoor air and waste products as well as workplace exposures. You may be interested in pursuing an graduate degree in public health if you have biological, engineering, chemistry, nursing, medical and social science backgrounds.

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Social & Behavioral Sciences

The Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences addresses the behavioral, social and environmental factors related to individual and population health and health disparities over the life span. Research and practice in Social & Behavioral Sciences (SBHS) contributes to the development, administration, and evaluation of programs and policies in public health to promote and sustain healthy environments and lives for individuals and populations.

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